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Tangled (Tangled #1), by Emma Chase

Tangled______________________________________________

Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything – or anyone – derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

Can Drew Evans win at love?

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.
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 “See that guy – black suit, devilishly handsome? Yeah, that guy getting the blow job from the luscious redhead in the bathroom stall? That’s me. The real me. MBF: Me Before Flu.”

Gosh I had such a blast reading this book. No kidding my lovelies. Whatever you’re doing right now, it needs to stop. This book is the kind of book you drop everything you’re doing to read and then, for the time you read it, you forget that there is a world out there, that you have a family or that you need to eat and sleep once in a while. It’s that captivating. I had to force myself not to go to the bathroom every five minutes with my kindle while at work and read. Oh don’t laugh! I know you do it too. And if you don’t, you haven’t been reading the right books. But I digress.

“Fuck you!”
She stalks back around my desk toward the door.
“Here? Now?” I look up at the ceiling, like I’m debating the prospect. “Well…okay. But be gentle. My couch is a virgin.”

Actually, I wasn’t really planning on reading Tangled. I had seen the cover on Goodreads on many occasions and it came up regularly in my recommendation feed, but I never put it on my reading list or even read the blurb. I don’t really know why I picked it to be honest. But I’m really glad I did. This book made me laugh so hard I snorted! I actually piggy-laughed because of how funny and witty this book is.

“No, I haven’t fucked her. Not that I wouldn’t love to. Trust me, if she didn’t work for me, I’d hit that harder than Mohammed Ali.”

I loved Drew’s voice. I wouldn’t say its rare but it’s not exactly common either to read a book from a male POV. But I usually enjoy those quite a lot. Well this book was no exception. Drew’s voice is seriously good. He’s funny and witty and charming and a bit of an arrogant asshole but damn if I didn’t love him!

“Then I flip Kate the finger. Immature, I know, but apparently we’re now both functioning at the preschool level, so I’m guessing it’s okay. Kate sneers at me. Then she mouths, You wish. Well—she’s got me there, now doesn’t she?”

From page one I was hooked! And he had all those mostly useless but oddly interesting fun facts about men and women and sex that he dispenses throughout the book to prove his points. I’ll give you a sample:

“In that same year, NYU conducted its own study. With rats. They implanted electrodes in the brains of male rats and put two buttons in their cages. When the lucky little bastards pushed the blue button, the electrodes triggered an orgasm. When they pushed a red button, they were given food.

Care to guess what happened to all the rats?
They died.
They fucking starved to death.
They never pushed the red button.
Need I say more?”

**

“I bet you didn’t know this, but lots of guys have a thing for Ariel. You know, from The Little Mermaid? I’ve never been into her myself, but I can understand the attraction: she fills out her shells nicely, she’s a redhead, and she spends most of the movie unable to speak.
In light of this, I’m not too disturbed about the semi I’m sporting while watching Beauty and the Beast—part of the homework Erin gave me. I like Belle. She’s hot. Well…for a cartoon, anyway. She reminds me of Kate. She’s resourceful. Smart. And she doesn’t take any shit from the Beast or that douchebag with the freakishly large arms.
I stare at the television as Belle bends over to feed a bird. Then I lean forward, hoping for a nice cleavage shot…
I’m going to hell, aren’t I?”

**

“To the ladies out there – here’s a fact for you: Men pretty much have sex on the brain twenty-four-seven. The exact figure is like every 5.3 seconds or some shit like that.
The point is, when you ask, “What do you want for dinner?” we’re thinking about screwing you on the kitchen counter. When you’re telling us about the sappy film you watched with your girlfriends last week, we’re thinking about the porno we saw on cable last night. When you show us the designer shoes you bought on sale, we’re thinking how nice they would look on our shoulders.

I just thought you’d want to know. Don’t shoot the messenger”

So basically, I seriously loved Drew. I know I shouldn’t, I know. He is an arrogant, womanizing shithead! But I just can’t help it. He charmed me nonetheless and I had absolutely no defense against it. But to be true I didn’t really fight it either.

“Half the women in this city would give their left tit to have me where I am right now. Pussy whipped. Obsessed. In love.”

Tangled is definitely the kind of book that grabs your attention from the start. It demands it and does not let go until you’ve turned the last page. I freaking love it. All of it. Emma Chase writing is phenomenal! I probably highlighted most of the book. Honestly, this book and/or Mrs. Chase: freaking genius!

Be it the jokes, the banter, the pace, she did wonders with this book, these characters and this story. I loved the characters. Well, except for Billy but that’s kind of okay. But otherwise, they were all great. Matthew and Dolores and The Bitch and her husband and their sweet little Mackenzie! I swear, this kid is just too cute! And I loved how Drew was with her!

“You are driving me crazy!”
“Crazy? Like you want to rip my shirt open again?”
“No. Crazy like the itch of a yeast infection that just won’t go away.”

Kate is exactly the kind of heroine I love! She’s cute and sweet and intelligent. I loved how she gave as good as she got with Drew and didn’t let him intimidate her. I loved how she always had a come back for him or a prank to up his. I sure wish there were more heroines like her in books. A woman who’s not afraid to show and ask for what she wants and not settle for anything less and who’s not a doormat. Her antics with Drew made me laugh so hard! And another thing I loved about Drew and Kate: the sexual tension between them!!!!

“It makes me want to kiss her and strangle her at the same time. I’ve never been into S&M. But I’m beginning to see its benefits.”

That was some hot angry foreplay if you ask me. Those times at the office when they were screaming and arguing with each other to finally kiss the daylight out of each other. I swear I was a squirmy mess when I read those scenes. Everything in this book was done just right. I really don’t have a bad thing to say about it. Of course the bit where Drew messes up wasn’t my favorite. I might have screamed at my Kindle for it because he was being such a dumb ass. But the groveling part was really good to read and what I liked about it was that instead of being sappy (because let’s face it, it easily goes into sappy territory in romance books when the groveling part arrives) Drew stayed the same somewhat. Sure, he was apologizing, but he was doing it Drew style, and of course it was cute in a cocky arrogant way and only Drew can achieve and still be sweet, funny and infuriating at the same time.

“My mother always told me, “Anyone worth doing, is worth doing well.” Okay, she didn’t actually say those exact words, but you get the picture.”

I definitely recommend this book to anyone out there. If you like a love story that is witty, makes you laugh and smile none stop and that manages to be emotional, fun and seriously hot, look no further because you’ve found the right book with Tangled. I’d also recommend you read the extra scenes from Tangled that take place after the events of the book. They’re quite sweet and funny and seeing Drew, former cocky arrogant man-whore being a cocky arrogant monogamous was just the cherry on top of the sweet cake that is this book.

“After this? Heaven’s going to be a major disappointment.”

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